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Why the Rise of AI Makes Human Intelligence More Valuable Than Ever
March 27th, 2017, 04:13 PM
In the popular TV show Sherlock, visual depictions of our hero’s deductive reasoning often look like machine algorithms. And probably not by accident, given that this version of Conan Doyle’s detective processes tremendous amounts of observed data—the sort of minutiae that the average person tends to pass over or forget—more like a computer than a […]
The Rise of a New Species of Human Being
March 26th, 2017, 04:13 PM
Today, what survives on Earth can be determined entirely by human beings. We can alter the genetics of almost any life form and potentially design entirely new ones. According to renowned physicist Freeman Dyson, “In the future, a new generation of artists will be writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses.” In […]
Automation Could End Meaningless Jobs—And None Too Soon
March 26th, 2017, 04:13 PM
What makes your work valuable? Does it fulfill you? Allow you to connect with or help people? Contribute to a greater good? Or does its value come from your income, which allows you to do other meaningful things? You probably know someone who has a bullshit job. Maybe you have one yourself. Anthropologist David Graeber […]
This Week’s Awesome Stories From Around the Web (Through March 25)
March 25th, 2017, 04:13 PM
ROBOTICS NASA's Origami Robots Can Squeeze Into Places Rovers Can't Mariella Moon | Engadget “Imagine a Martian rover that can send small robotic minions to crawl into crevices or climb steep slopes—everywhere a full-sized vehicle can't go to. That's the scenario a team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to achieve by developing small origami-inspired […]
The Weird World of Cyborg Animals Is Here
March 24th, 2017, 04:13 PM
Roboticists frequently turn to nature for inspiration for their inventions, reverse engineering the traits that evolution has developed over millennia. Others are taking a shortcut by simply integrating modern technology with living animals. The idea may seem crazy, but animals and machines are not so different. Just as a network of wires carry electrical signals […]
Arianna Huffington’s 10 Ways to Make a Big Impact and Stay Sane While You Do
March 23rd, 2017, 04:13 PM
How do top CEOs lead during this exponential age? How do you manage the explosion of information and onslaught of increasing competition? How do you prevent yourself from getting burned out? How do you maintain agility during today’s tsunami of change? Today’s post is the third of three parts deriving insights and advice from three […]
Is the Brain More Powerful Than We Thought? Here Comes the Science
March 22nd, 2017, 04:13 PM
If you’ve ever played around with an old music amplifier, you probably know what a firing neuron sounds like. A sudden burst of static? Check. A rapid string of pops, like hundreds of bursting balloons? Check. A rough, scratchy bzzzz that unexpectedly assaults your ears? Check again. Neuroscientists have long used an impressive library of […]
The Power of VR as an ‘Empathy Machine’ and Office Holodeck
March 21st, 2017, 04:13 PM
Virtual reality has a long history in science fiction. From the Lawnmower Man to the Matrix, the idea of VR has inspired artists and gamers alike. But it’s only very recently that the technology has moved out of the lab and into people’s homes. Since the 2012 Oculus Kickstarter, VR has become a driving passion […]
The Body Is the Missing Link for Truly Intelligent Machines
March 21st, 2017, 04:13 PM
It’s tempting to think of the mind as a layer that sits on top of more primitive cognitive structures. We experience ourselves as conscious beings, after all, in a way that feels different to the rhythm of our heartbeat or the rumblings of our stomach. If the operations of the brain can be separated out […]
How All Leaders Can Make the World a Better Place
March 20th, 2017, 04:13 PM
This article is part of a new series exploring the skills leaders must learn to make the most of rapid change in an increasingly disruptive world. The first article in the series, “How the Most Successful Leaders Will Thrive in an Exponential World,” broadly outlines four critical leadership skills—futurist, technologist, innovator, and humanitarian—and how they […]